Gin fans! If you haven’t heard about the new summer gin launched by Leicestershire distillery, Two Birds Spirits, then you’re missing a right treat! Lucky for you we’ve managed to blag a bottle to give away! (Keep reading for how to enter)

Two Birds, which is based in Market Harborough, has released Strawberry and Vanilla Gin this summer to complement its range of multi award-winning London Dry, Old Tom, Cocktail and Sloe gins.

So how best to drink their Strawberry and Vanilla Gin? Mark Gamble, who founded the distillery from his home in Market Harborough in 2013, said, “We’re recommending that 25ml poured over ice with a light-flavoured tonic as the ideal way to mix it, garnished with a fresh strawberry, a sprig of mint and a wedge of lime. It’s also delicious topped with prosecco and we’ve had a great time experimenting with it in the Two Birds Workshop

So why strawberry and vanilla?

Mark added, “We wanted a product to reflect our brand’s identity as a distiller of countryside spirits and as strawberries are a British Summer staple and are grown across Leicestershire, we started experimenting.”

Mark was keen to ensure that the spirit still tasted like a gin but captured the distinctive flavour and colour of British strawberries that could be enjoyed as a long drink or mixed into a cocktail. The vanilla subtly enhances the sweetness of the strawberries without dominating the classic gin botanicals.

He added: “What we’ve achieved is a gin that has a really wonderful essence and you only need a small amount of it to taste the flavours coming through.

Two Birds has been producing traditional gins and English vodkas for the last four years, and although its flavoured vodkas such as Raspberry, After Dinner Mint and Salted Caramel are already popular, they waited until now to start experimenting with gin.

In January, the distillery also opened the Two Birds Workshop in which visitors can enjoy a few hours learning the history of gin, as well as distilling their very own signature flavour with Workshop Manager Simon Brannon. We’ll certainly be down to try that out soon!

If you want to get your hands on bottle of their Strawberry and Vanilla Gin spirit  it is priced at £13.00 for 20cl and £32 for 70cl, and is available from the website, or by emailing [email protected]

We’ve also got a 70cl bottle of this beauty to give away to one of our readers. If you want to be in with a chance of winning just answer the question below. The competition closes on Friday 15 September with the winner announced shortly afterwards.

Good luck!

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